Archive for January, 2010

Karl Rove on Haley Barbour

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I spoke to Karl Rove last week for my column in the Madison County Journal coming out later this week on Alan Nunnelee and the First Congressional District race. I asked him his thoughts on Haley Barbour as a national candidate in 2012. His remark on Barbour didn’t make it in the column due to topic and space.

“I think Haley Barbour is one of the smartest people I know in politics and one of the country’s most able governors.” - Karl Rove on Haley Barbour, January 18, 2010

For Rove’s comments on Nunnelee and a look at that race, check out the Madison County Journal this Thursday.

Think Thune: CNN profiles the South Dakota Republican

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Senator John Thune of South Dakota is one of the names circulating around the GOP as potential 2012 challenger to President Barack Obama. His proxmity to Iowa helps but not as much as his solid conservative policies. Politico profiles him and looks at his chances: Politico / Daschle-dashing Thune in 2012 mix.

Here is a profile style report from CNN from November.

RR: This time next year

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

This week’s Reasonably Right looks at some of the names circulating for office in 2011. Yes I know it is a full year before the qualifying deadline. In fact, I mention in the column that a year before qualifying in 2003, most Mississippians had never heard of Tate Reeves, or for that matter, Haley Barbour.

At this time in 2002, a year before qualifying for the 2003 election, who had heard of Tate Reeves? Two years later he was the State Treasurer who would go on to win reelection with 61 percent in 2007, and now is being discussed for Governor or Lieutenant Governor.At the Neshoba County Fair in 2002, a successful Washington lobbyist from Yazoo City (sporting a golf shirt with a “FirstGov” logo in which “Gov” was the prominent feature) walked the Fair Grounds with two assistants from his firm and one slow lap top. One year later, dozens of Barbour for Governor staffers worked the Fair incessantly on a multi-million dollar campaign.

At this time in 2002, Democrats occupied seven of the statewide elected offices with the lone Republican being State Auditor Phil Bryant. Today all those offices are held by Republicans except for the lone Democrat, Attorney General Jim Hood.

That was eight years ago. Are the prominent names of statewide officials eight years from now known or guessed? It’s hard to say. And really, it’s even hard to say what will be happening this time next year.

You can read the full column with the speculation on the 2011 races in the Madison County Journal: Perry / This time next year

Newsweek calls Barbour “The Anti-Obama”

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Newsweek has an interesting article about Governor Haley Barbour’s prospects as a candidate or major player in the 2012 Presidential election, while touching on his personal history, governorship, and RGA chairmanship, and leadership of the RNC in 1994: Newsweek - Will Haley Barbour Be the Next President?

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